F-22 fighter jets escort Russian Tu-95 fighter jets
- September 9, 2018
Two F-22 jet fighters escorted the two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers that were conducting a flight over the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea, and the Sea of Okhotsk on Saturday, September 1.
“Tu-95 MS strategic long-range bombers of the Russian Aerospace Forces performed scheduled flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic Ocean, the Bering Sea and the Sea of Okhotsk. At some stages of the route, the aircraft of Russia’s Aerospace Forces were escorted by two F-22 fighter jets of the US Air Force,” the ministry said in a statement obtained by TASS.
The ministry noted that pilots of long-range and marine aviation regularly conduct flights over the neutral waters of the Arctic, the Black Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. All flights are carried out in strict compliance with international rules, without violating the borders of other countries, it stressed.
Tu-95s can be equipped with nuclear-tipped KH-55 long-range cruise missiles whose maximum range is almost 2,000 miles (3,218 km).